£30K boost for town heritage trust work

Castleford Heritage Trust has been given a funding boost after winning nearly £30,000 in grants to continue its work.

Friday, 24th June 2016, 3:36 pm
Updated Friday, 24th June 2016, 4:38 pm
The Queens Mill site in Castleford.

The trust is currently working on a project to restore the town’s historic Queen’s Mill site.

And it has won a £15,000 grant from the Postcode Community Trust to spend on work to create a heritage museum on the second floor of the building.

The group was also awarded £8,000 from Tesco’s Carrier Bag Fund for a riverside path cleanup project.

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Alison Drake, chairwoman of the trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the way the mill looks now and we have had really good feedback.

“It used to look really derelict but it’s attractive now.

“We have some fantastic volunteers in all the areas where we work and a great maintenance, shop and revenue team. This money supports them and will pay for all the equipment and materials.”

The trust plans to use the Postcode grant to revamp the mill’s second floor and create a museum paying tribute to Castleford’s heritage.

It will include displays and exhibitions about the town’s past and workshops and activities are also being planned by organisers.

The Tesco grant will be used to improve the cycle paths at Ford Square, at the bottom of Church Street, which have become overgrown.